It is easier than ever to create a website yourself without ever speaking to another person using freemium platforms such as Wix, Squarespace and Wordpress.com. These options can work wonders for small businesses, or those just starting out, but what happens when you out grow the free website, or worse the hidden fees start to eat away at your hard earned profits? You could always just upgrade your package to the next level and hope for the best, or you can find a web designer or web agency, like WebBoss Websites, to design and build your website for you. This can be a scary step, so here are a few questions you should ask before buying a website to make sure that you have all the information you need and don't get taken for a ride.
Do they understand what you want from your website?
You might already have an idea of how you would like your website to look, or you might just know what you want your website to be able to do for your business. Either way it is the designer's job to create a realistic version of your vision based on your description. To do this the designer will ask questions to make sure that they have all the information. They may also make some suggestions and give advice on what could work best for your website based on your needs.
How big is the team?
This can be a difficult decision. With a single person, you will get to know the person working on your website well and this can be beneficial, especially if they are also dealing with your hosting and website management. However, what happens when they go on holiday and your website is only showing errors? You don't have the support you need to keep your business running effectively online. So it is worth finding out the size of the team that will be working on your website. Here at WebBoss Websites you will always have your own dedicated website designer, who is supported by a team of experienced designers and developers to help create your website. Once your website is live, there is even a support team that will be available to help you with any questions or queries your may have!
Is hosting included or a separate charge?
If you are graduating from a freemium service this is something that is often overlooked, and some companies may even “forget” to mention hosting until your website is ready to go live. Without hosting your website will never be seen, so make sure you know if it is included and at what price. We host all of the websites (and email addresses) we create. This is charged monthly and includes unlimited bandwidth.
Can I talk to my designer?
Good communication with your designer is vital to ensure that they can create the website you are dreaming of. You should feel that you are able to ask questions, and not have to chase up answers or deadlines. At WebBoss we cater for first time websites, new websites and even upgrades and redesigns, so we understand the different concerns you may have. So not only will you have a dedicated designer, but you will be kept up to date all through the design and build process, and you can contact your designer if you have any questions.
Who will edit and manage my website?
Some people are excited by the idea of managing their website themselves, while it will fill others with fear, so it is important to know if you will be able to edit your website yourself, or if management services are available. We provide basic training for all new websites, so you know how to make any changes before your website goes live. We even have a live chat function built in so if you need any guidance on how to update your website we are just a click away! If you would like us to manage your website, contact us for more information and we can find a package to suit your needs.
These may seem like simple questions, but the right answers could help save you frustration and money! If you are looking for a quote for a website you can contact us for a call back.